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Apple and Cheddar Salad

servings:Makes 4 servings
prep time:
15 min
total time:
25 min


  • 1 sprays olive oil cooking spray
  • 4 slice uncooked turkey bacon
  • 2 slice mixed-grain bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, coarsely
  • 9 oz spinach, baby leaves
  • 2 large head endive, Belgian, sliced crosswise 1/2-inch thick (about 3 cups)
  • 4 oz low-fat cheddar or colby cheese, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 large apple(s), McIntosh, cut into thin wedges
  • 6 Tbsp low-fat vinaigrette, balsamic-variety


  • 1

    Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Add bacon and cook as package directs until crisp, about 4 minutes; remove bacon to a paper towel. Let bacon drain briefly then crumble into bite-size pieces; transfer to a large bowl.

  • 2

    Add bread cubes to same skillet. Cook over medium heat, tossing often, until slightly golden and crisp, about 3 minutes; remove to a plate and set aside. Add walnuts to skillet; cook, tossing often until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Transfer walnuts to bowl with bacon.

  • 3

    Add spinach, endive, cheese, apple and dressing to bowl; toss to mix and coat.

  • 4

    Put about 4 cups of salad mixture on each of 4 plates. Sprinkle each serving with about 3 tablespoons of homemade croutons.


300 calories



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